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I've only played a few games of the base set, but I already noticed some very powerful combinations:

  • Laboratory can be repeatedly combo'd with itself to draw a massive amount of treasure from your deck early in the game.

  • Remodel can be used on Gold to quickly convert it to provinces during endgame.

Share your favorite powerful combinations.

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This is a very broad question. There are currently 112 Kingdom cards in Dominion's 5 sets, plus an additional 3 promo cards. – Powerlord Nov 12 '10 at 23:30
Yeah, that's true. Part of the fun of the game is figuring out the right cards to buy in any combination. I love it when a card I would usually buy a lot of is useless because of other cards on the table. – Andrew Vandever Nov 12 '10 at 23:58
Revisiting this question, I think a better one might be "Which cards in Dominion lend themselves to Action Combos?". It's also worthwhile to note that Action chaining is a big theme, in my opinion, of the Alchemy expansion in general. – Andrew Vandever Dec 14 '10 at 19:25

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Nobles combine very well with themselves, or with action multipliers like Throne Room, King's Court or Golem.

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Found another great combo with nobles today: Scout. Since nobles is a victory card, you may draw one or more of them with each scout you play. – Marcin Nov 15 '10 at 3:50

The dominion strategy blog has a bunch of interesting combos.

My favorites are:

  • Black Market/Tactician: Use the black markets ability to play (not neccesarily even spend!) your money before the buy phase, to subvert the tacticians "throw away your hand" downside. You got to keep your money AND play the tactician!

  • Ambassador/Curse: After you get your deck small, intentionally buy a curse to "upgrade" your ambassador into a sea hag!

  • Quarry/Talisman: Talisman lets you gain an additional card when it costs <= 4. Quarry reduces action costs by 2. Play a Quarry and Talisman together and for a single buy of a six cost action for $4, you get an additional one.

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Good find with that blog! – keithjgrant Nov 25 '10 at 16:07
My friend writes it and I edit it ;). – rrenaud Nov 25 '10 at 16:15

With any other multiple action card:
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5 Victory point tokens for trashing a card that could cost you nothing if you played 4 actions: BishopPeddler



No, seriously, the possibilities are endless. There's a reason why card randomizers are so common... so that you play with a different set of 10 cards of the 112/115 available cards each time.

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I'm a fan of the Scout combos:

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I was wondering why scout was useful :) – javamonkey79 Dec 15 '11 at 6:20

I feel like posting more combinations.

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Just a couple I've encountered recently:

  • Treasure Map + Watchtower - being able to put new Treasure Maps on top of your deck in the early game significantly improves the odds that you'll get two in your hand.

  • Counting House + Cellar - discard all your Copper, draw replacements, then put the Copper back in your hand.

  • Herbalist + Platinum - really, this is just obscene.

  • Scrying Pool + City - the Scrying Pool is so weak, and so cheap, and so horribly effective if you've got a lot of Cities in your deck.

Oh, and I forgot:

  • Counting House + Vault - sure, you need +1 action to pull this off, but at a minimum it makes all the copper in your hand worth double.

  • Contraband + Gardens - especially if your opponent doesn't think to ban you from buying more Contraband with your Contraband. It's not hard to average 3 cards a turn with this.

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Yick, Treasure Map is broken enough on its own, isn't it? – AlexC Nov 18 '10 at 16:24
The beautiful thing about Dominion is no matter how "broken" a card is, everyone has an equal opportunity of buying it. That said, there are a dozen other cards I would call "broken" before Treasure Map; it takes enough work to pull it off that by the time you cash it in, you've earned the four Gold. – keithjgrant Nov 18 '10 at 19:10

Golem Counting House

What happens when Golem fails to find two action card apart from other Golems? Your entire deck (minus your hand) is discarded.

What happens when Golem finds one Counting House and nothing else? Every single Copper in your deck comes into your hand.

Buy one Counting House, several Golems, and an extra Copper (or four, if you're going for Colonies), and you're guaranteed a Province every turn you have Golem and no Counting House in your hand. It gets boring after a bit, but, man, is this combination fun to pull on your friends once.

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When you are trying to cash in Treasure Maps, use Chancellor to reshuffle your deck if you missed the pairing.

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Buy a Tactician and a few Banks. I just discovered this one yesterday; combined with a Festival, I was able to buy three Provinces in one turn, and still have change left over for a smaller card.

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I have not personally pulled this off but I have seen this in action - in which, you can use a Remodel card to remodel a remodel card so that you can increase your costs to gain a card of a higher value.

This is a very slow process but it can come in pretty handy when there are limited avenues of income within a very thin deck.

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There are several cards similar to Remodel: Upgrade from Intrigue (+1 Card, +1 Action, trash a card and gain a card costing exactly 1 more), Expand from Prosperity (trash a card and gain a card costing up to 3 more), and Forge from Prosperity (trash multiple cards and get a card costing exactly their combined cost). – Powerlord Nov 29 '10 at 16:27

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